12 Impressive New Pieces of Photo Gear That Just Hit the Market

October 3, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

DJI Mavic Pro 2 & Mavic Zoom

DJI’s foldable drone is now sold in two updated variants. Both models record 4K/30p video and feature improved flight times and higher speeds. They also have a new Hyperlapse mode and a Hyperlight mode to improve shooting in low light conditions. The Zoom packs a 24-48mm zoom lens and a 12-megapixel sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 3200. The Mavic Pro 2 features a camera co-developed by Hasselblad with a 1-inch sensor and a 28mm f/2.8-11 lens. The Pro 2 can record 4K video in a 10-bit HLG or 10-bit DLOG format.

Price: $1,249 (zoom), $1,449 (pro 2)

Alien Skin Exposure X4

In addition to a speed boost, you’ll find improved highlight and shadow recovery, fully adjustable light effects as well as perspective and keystone correction tools in this update. With the new monitored folders, tethering is easy with Exposure X4. Lightroom migration, print size presets and smart collections are some of the most notable features now available to Exposure users.

Price: $99 (upgrade), $149 (new)

Phase One XF IQ4

The newest medium-format system from Phase One includes a 151-megapixel IQ4 back, a 101-megapixel Trichromatic back and a 151-megapixel Achromatic back. Each of the IQ4 backs include Capture One image processing built in, with the ability to apply Styles to photos in camera. The integration also enables faster frame rates, improved live view mode and RAW image processing. Also new is tethering via Wi-Fi, USB-C and Ethernet.

Price: $47,990+

Fujifilm X-T3

Packing a 26-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, the X-T3 offers Fujifilm’s highest video recording quality to date: 4K/60p (10-bit 4:2:0) to an SD card and 4K/60p (10-bit 4:2:2) via HDMI output. The camera boasts 2.1 million phase detect autofocusing pixels with 100 percent frame coverage and a new AF algorithm for speedier focusing. There’s eye and face-detect autofocusing, two card slots and a 20 fps burst mode using an electronic shutter (11 fps with a mechanical one).

Price: $1,500

ProMediaGear BL01 Universal Adjustable Velcro Carry Harness with Clamp

If you shoot with popular pack and head systems, the BL0 is designed to quickly Velcro your power pack or accessories to your tripod leg or light stand. The kit contains two 24-inch and two 12-inch Velcro straps, and two 1.60 inch standoffs. The jaws of the clamp are adjustable from .5 to 2.1 inches.

Price: $90

Tether Tools ONsite D-Tap to AC Power Supply

The ONsite D-Tap to AC Power Supply can be paired with any standard D-Tap battery to charge your laptop, camera batteries, phone and lights. It features a pair of AC outlets and four USB ports that draw power from any battery that has a D-Tap connector (such as V-Mount and Gold Mount batteries).

Price: TBD

Nikon Z7 and Z6

Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras are packed with pro-level features, including 4K video capture with 10-bit output via HDMI, weather-sealed builds and a new, wider diameter lens mount. The Z7 sports a 45-megapixel sensor with no low pass filter and 493 AF points. It delivers a native ISO range of 64 to 25,600 (32 to 102,400 expanded) and burst speeds of 9 fps. The Z6 has a 24.5-megapixel sensor but a broader ISO range of 100 to 51,200 (50 to 204,800 expanded) and faster continuous shooting at 12 fps. Both models work with the Mount Adapter FTZ for mounting F-mount lenses on Z-series cameras.

Price: $250 (mount adapter ftz), $2,000 (z6), $3,400 (z7)

Elixxier set.a.light 3D V2.0

This real-time studio lighting simulation software comes with a full complement of tools—rooms, various lights and modifiers, props, lenses and more—so you can quickly and easily figure out lighting scenarios on your computer and save them. The latest version adds more furniture, fully movable models from head to toe, Gobos, ring lights, multi-camera views and so much more. It’s available in Basic and Studio versions.

Price: $85+

Canon EOS R

Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera features a 30-megapixel sensor loaded with AF points. There are 5,655 manually selectable AF points covering 100 percent of the frame vertically and 88 percent of the frame horizontally. The camera can lock focus in low light down to -6EV. The R has a native ISO range of 100 to 40,000 (expandable from 50 to 102,400) and an 8 fps burst rate with focus fixed on the first frame. It’s joined by three mount adapters to bring existing lenses into the R family, plus four new native R mount lenses.

Price: $2,300 (body)

Leica M10-P

Designed for discreteness, the M10-P is the quietest model in the line, which is saying something considering previous Ms were some of the quietest cameras ever built. It features a new touch screen display for focus confirmation and swiping on image review. There’s a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, improved viewfinder and Wi-Fi.

Price: $7,995

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2

This wide-angle zoom for full-frame DSLRs has newly developed AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) coatings to reduce flare and ghosting. Built-in Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Units) give the lens faster and more precise autofocusing and improved image stabilization over its predecessor.

Price: $1,299

Profoto B10

The wireless B10 is an ultra-compact 250 W/s flash and Profoto’s first to work with a smartphone app for remote control. It can also be triggered using the Air remote or the A1 and supports TTL metering. You’ll enjoy HSS and up to 400 full-powered flashes on a single charge. The B10’s power is adjustable over a 10-stop range and it can double as a continuous light with an adjustable color temperature (3000 to 6500K) and a CRI range of 90 to 96.

Price: $1,595

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